Then And Now - A Photo Research Journey with Apple Maps

I spend a lot of time at the Library of Congress (digitally) as a history educator and as a Mentor in the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Network. It is often a fun explore for learners to research primary source photos and connect them geographically with Apple Maps.

Here is a quick example from a research journey into the South Side of Chicago during the 1940s. During that time the Farm Security Administration (FSA) sent photographers to record conditions during the Great Depression. The Library of Congress archives a wealth of these photographs but the collected images don’t have specific locations. It is always an interesting research puzzle to find that location on a current map and analyze the changes then to now. I often use the Library of Congress support site Ask a Librarian (free for all learners). Kristi Feinfield, Librarian at Prints and Photographs, not only answered my request but blogged her excellent research path in Double Take: A Research Journey to 1941 Chicago.

From there I used an Apple Maps screen shot to prepare a slide for analysis.


Learners will enjoy a primary sources Maps journey especially if they can find historic primary sources in their cities, towns or rural area and compare on Apple Maps today.

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Posted on April 17, 2023

I am designing a course for teachers at the moment based around digital creativity in the classroom. I would love to reference this activity as a way of using photography for a local history project. Thank you for sharing Cheryl.

Posted on April 17, 2023

Thanks Catherine!

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